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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A single-family home in the heart of a Latino neighborhood here is a haven for those who believe. They are there to see Mina, a slightly built woman with a head of uncontrollable brown hair and wild eyes, who they believe can cure physical ailments, help the lovelorn and bring fortune to lost souls--all in her converted washroom.
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August 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
Latinos have the nation's highest rate of death from cirrhosis of the liver, according to an analysis by a federal agency that researches alcohol-related problems. "The new [Latino] ethnicity distinction on certificates of death corrects the decades-old belief that black males are at greatest risk of cirrhosis death," said Mary C. Dufour, deputy director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Mendoza knew that the drugs he was selling in his family's East Los Angeles minimarket were not meant to be sold in the United States. But the products, which authorities said ranged from foot creams to antibiotics, were in great demand among his customers. Many of them were illegal immigrants, afraid to return to Mexico, where they would have been able to purchase those pharmaceuticals without a prescription in one of Tijuana's many farmacias.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Misinformation and lack of access to health care contribute to elevated diabetes rates among elderly Latinos in Los Angeles County, according to a UCLA study released Tuesday. "A lot of Latinos think that if [they] drink cactus juice, it can prevent diabetes," said Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, which conducted the study. "We need to make sure they're doing more."
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September 29, 1999 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Tacitly acknowledging that Los Angeles County has failed to stem the rapid spread of HIV and AIDS in minority communities, the Board of Supervisors unanimously declared an emergency Tuesday and called on the state and federal governments to pay for expanded medical care and social services. The largely symbolic action followed a series published in The Times that cited the swift spread of HIV and AIDS in the county's African American and Latino communities and the lack of housing services there.
NEWS
April 17, 1995
Women who take vitamins with folic acid have a lower risk of having babies with neural tube defects, according to a new California study, which also shows that Latino women may benefit less from folic acid. The findings are of some concern because Latinas have a 50% higher risk than whites or African Americans of having babies with the defects.
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February 19, 1992 | MARILYN YAQUINTO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Latinos have poorer access to medical care than other Americans, primarily because they work in lower-paying jobs without the benefit of medical coverage, yet earn too much money to be eligible for most state insurance programs, according to a congressional report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1993 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that the time has come for Latinos to become part of the solution to their own problems and to those of the nation, the country's chief physician unveiled recommendations Tuesday that she said would ensure that Latinos help shape any national health care reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1993 | CONSELLA A. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The launching of a health outreach program could make tacrine, a promising new drug, and other innovations in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease more accessible to Latinos in Los Angeles. "We have care givers who are suffering in silence in their homes not knowing that anybody can help them," said Laura Trejo, the program's director. In Los Angeles County, tens of thousands of Latinos suffer from Alzheimer's, said officials who helped launch the outreach program last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 17 years as a diabetes specialist, physician Naomi Neufeld was familiar with a potentially fatal form of the disease that is common in adults. Then, she discovered the adult-type diabetes in a 10-year-old Ventura boy, the first time she had ever heard of a child stricken by the disease that usually develops at age 30 or older. Since that diagnosis two years ago, Neufeld has found more than a dozen Latino children in Ventura County with the adult-onset diabetes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2000
Many of them have been caregivers all their lives, but low-income Latinas are unprepared to care for themselves as they age and face chronic illnesses, according to a survey released Wednesday. The study by Santa Ana-based Latino Health Access surveyed 108 Latinas ages 45 to 64 in one of Orange County's poorest ZIP codes. The results paint a grim picture of some aging Latinas facing medical and financial problems that they are not equipped to handle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 2 days old, Alicia Rodriguez received a blood transfusion that left her system infected with hepatitis C. As she grew up she got sicker and sicker, always expecting to die young. But five years ago, when she was 24, she got a liver from a 17-year-old boy who had died in a car crash. She calls him her angel. Having been saved by the gift of a liver, Rodriguez is now on a mission to encourage organ donations from Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 2 days old, Alicia Rodriguez received a blood transfusion that left her system infected with hepatitis C. As she grew she got sicker and sicker, always expecting to die young. But five years ago she got a new liver from a 17-year-old boy who died in a car crash. She calls him her angel. Having been saved by the gift of a liver, Rodriguez, 28, is now on a mission to encourage organ donations from Latinos.
NEWS
March 24, 2000 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Latino adults in California are more likely to say that they are in poor health than Latinos in most other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The study, part of a growing effort to understand health disparities between minorities and whites, is the first to provide state-by-state comparisons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Community activists, researchers and students at a symposium Friday at Cal State Northridge addressed the negative health and social effects that alcohol and tobacco have on Latinos. The California Latino Leadership United for Healthy Communities, a statewide coalition of researchers, practitioners, community and civic groups, sponsored the two-day event, which ends today, to raise awareness of the problems and seek solutions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ and JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Danny Hernandez was her first-born son. So, when he left his wife and children and began living as an openly gay man, his mother, Adela Ortiz, supported him. When he contracted AIDS, she loved and cared for him. Then, in 1993, Danny Hernandez became her first son to die.
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March 23, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Life expectancy for most Americans remained at a record high and infant mortality reached an all-time low, according to federal figures announced Thursday, but health officials noted that the United States lags behind many other industrialized nations in both areas. Moreover, the life span for black males has shown no improvement during the last half of the 1980s, and, in fact, declined between 1987 and 1988, largely as a result of homicide and the AIDS epidemic, they said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1991 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
The health care system in Los Angeles County fails to serve the needs of blacks and Latinos for medical care outside the hospital, according to a new report from two researchers at the UCLA School of Public Health and the RAND Corp. in Santa Monica.
NEWS
November 30, 1999 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The day 31-year-old Mark L. Briggs was diagnosed as having HIV, a million thoughts flew through his mind. He imagined himself sick and feeble. He imagined that his days of working and bodybuilding were over. Since his diagnosis in 1997, Briggs has faithfully adhered to a daily regimen of medications--a regimen that he says is the reason those fears have not been realized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999 | SANTA ANA
Orange County health officials are crediting outreach efforts and reduced fears of deportation for a dramatic surge in the number of Latina mothers receiving prenatal care and parenting lessons. The percentage of Latina mothers receiving early prenatal care jumped from 64% in 1992 to 77% in 1997, the largest increase of any ethnic group, according to a report published by the county Health Care Agency.
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